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Common Health Problems Caused By Thyroid

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Have you recently been diagnosed with thyroid problems? Before you lose heart and think all is lost, please know that most thyroid problems can be handled well by medical experts. However, knowledge is power, and it would help you immensely to charge your thyroid issues if you know what is at stake.

After all, the thyroid gland is the one that controls the metabolic rate and much of the brain activity. Take a look at some of the health problems that are caused by the thyroid.

An enlarged thyroid, or goitre, may cause problems with swallowing and breathing. Graves’ disease can cause eye and skin problems. An overactive thyroid can lead to problems including: heart problems, such as rapid heart rate, problems with your heart rhythm (such as atrial fibrillation) or heart failure.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

Health issues caused by Hyperthyroidism

When the thyroid gland produces more than normal quantities of the thyroid hormones, the condition is known as Hyperthyroidism. It can cause many health problems.

  • Excessive Sweating: Hyperthyroidism can make the patient sweat a lot. Because the metabolism goes into overdrive, the person suffers from profuse perspiration.
  • Excessive Hunger
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Heat Intolerance: a higher metabolic rate than usual leads to increase heat generation in the body.
  • Insomnia: Hyperthyroidism leads to changes in sleep patterns. Most people have insomnia.
  • Hyperactivity, restlessness, and irritability. The person cannot concentrate on things.
  • Heart palpitations: the heart develops an abnormal rhythm
  • Irregular menstruation: in hyperthyroidism, the woman suffers from scanty, short and light menstruation.
  • Abnormally protruding eyes
  • Hair thinning and hair loss
  • Muscular fatigue and muscular weakness
  • Increased appetite
  • Dry skin that leads to itching
  • Breast development in men
  • Nausea and vomiting

Read More: 8 Best Food for Thyroid Patients to Include in Your Diet

You can get pregnant even if you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, but it may be more challenging to conceive. Additionally, if you have a thyroid disorder during pregnancy, your baby may be at increased risk for low birth weight, a fast heart rate, poor weight gain, and low IQ.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D.

Also Read: 8 Most Effective Foods To Fight Thyroid!

Health issues caused by Hypothyroidism

When the thyroid gland produces less than usual amounts of thyroid hormones, the condition is known as Hypothyroidism. The metabolic rate of the individual reduces and can lead to severe health issues.

  • Goitre: Due to constant pressure on the thyroid gland to produce more of the hormones, it enlarges. This condition is known as Goitre. It can cause difficulty in breathing and swallowing.
  • Congenital disabilities: These are common when the mother is suffering from untreated hyperthyroidism. The babyfaces mental and physical development issues.
  • Heart Problems: Lack of proper amount of thyroid hormones leads to high cholesterol levels. This leads to many heart problems and can cause stroke also.
  • Infertility: Low levels of thyroid hormones cause delayed or no ovulation in women and lead to infertility.
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Irregular uterine bleeding
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Slow heart rate
  • Hair loss
  • Lethargy and sluggishness
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Irritability

Read More:  Difference between Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

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